If you go back to the first single-cell form of life, it clearly possessed the capacity to receive, to utilize, to store, to transform, and to transmit information.
Lead yourself, lead your superiors, lead your peers, and free your people to do the same. All else is trivia.
The prudent course is to make an investment in learning, testing and understanding, determine how the new concepts compare to how you now operate and thoughtfully determine how they apply to what you want to achieve in the future.
The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out.
Preserve substance; modify form; know the difference.
An illustration I use to get people to understand it is this: I'll ask major corporate audiences: Why don't you just take all your traditional beliefs about organizations, and apply them to the neurons in your brain?